Shirley is a Principal's List student at Kitsilano Secondary School, where she immerses herself in literature and history studies and designs as the Yearbook Editor-in-Chief and Newspaper Club President. She enjoys playing basketball with her school team, eating green, and living a healthy lifestyle. Outside of school, Shirley is actively engaged in her community - she has been volunteering at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House for five years, and now assisting the running of the Volunteer Program. For her community service efforts, she received the Youth Good Neighbours Award by the Association of Neighbourhood Houses.
Shirley fulfills her love of fashion by interviewing people in the local fashion industry, writing for her fashion website, The Vancouver Scene, and interning at a luxury designer resale company in downtown Vancouver. She is constantly inspired by the creative individuals she meets, and advocates fashion as a way to bring people together, rather than a mere materialistic pursuit. Represented by her modelling agency, Shirley has graced the runway for numerous designers at Vancouver Fashion Week. An interesting fact is that Shirley has had a huge passion for flying since a young age, and is very excited to be a finalist for the Glider Pilot Scholarship Course this summer in Comox, BC with air cadets! As for the future, Shirley plans to study journalism and publishing in university, and aspires to become a magazine editor. She believes in hard work, dedication, and the joy of the journey.
Her platform is called “Girls, We Can Fly Too”. In the literal sense, she hopes to promote the Air Cadet program and Glider Pilot Scholarship Course to girls nation-wide, as she has personally learned so much from the program and would like to inspire more girls to join. In the figurative sense, she advocates gender equality and encourages young girls to achieve equal endeavours as boys.